Invite me to speak at your event
I would love to share a compelling, motivating message at your next event. I’ve been a teacher for 20 years, and have spoken to small and large audiences. I am available to share a powerful faith-based message for Christian groups or events, a message of hope and encouragement for general audiences, or a secular message to help raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse issues.
I SPEAK AT:
*churches, retreats, conferences, or other faith-based events
*recovery groups/organizations, support groups, caregivers groups
*veterans’/military organizations and military families
*schools, hospitals, clinics, mental health organizations or groups (providing a SECULAR inside look at depression, PTSD, co-dependency, and/or substance abuse at an individual or family level)
*other? (contact me and we’ll talk about it)
CONTACT INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org 715-557-0312
Facebook: Hope, Healing and Peace
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MY SPEAKING (ALONE OR WITH MY HUSBAND):
“They gave a tremendous presentation… Anyone who is hurting (and even those who are not) will easily identify with the openness and concern they show… Without reservation I highly recommend their services to you.” — Pastor Ron Manske Sr., Washburn Assembly of God, Washburn, WI
“GREAT speakers! if you are in the area to see them, you will be blessed!” –Pam Stratmoen, Women’s Retreat Coordinator
“I can’t find the words to adequately express how powerful your presentation was today. You and Sean did a great job today sitting side by side telling a group of strangers the very intimate details of your life. What courage you both have!” –Sheri Norgard, Mental Health Task Force of Polk County; CESA 11 Headstart Coordinator
“Your work on this is phenomenal. I have provided education on issues of codependency for years. Hearing this presentation and reading this book has enhanced my practice and given me a more intimate understanding of the complex needs of families in crisis.” –Sharon Ward, MA, licensed psychologist
“You hit a home run for us!” — Pastor Mike Roeder, Christ Center Assembly of God, Hudson, WI
Possible Speaking Topics:
1) SECULAR MESSAGES ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN’S ROLE IN MENTAL ILLNESS, HOLISTIC TREATMENT OPTIONS, AND LIFE COACHING ELEMENTS (I can do these presentations alone or with my husband, Sean):
For mental health professionals or clients, veterans and military families, public forums, support groups, school personnel…. Please click on this link to download a full brochure with descriptions of secular workshops from this series: Journey of a Family in Crisis brochure
2) SECULAR (OR FAITH-BASED) MESSAGE FOR RECOVERY GROUPS (I can do this presentation alone or with my husband, Sean):
“That was Then… This is Now”: (This presentation follows the principles of Twelve Step Groups in that faith is at the foundation of the message, but Christianity is not explicitly mentioned): Addiction is like a vacuum that sucks up and destroys anything in its path… family, friends, finances, sanity. Learn how to move from craziness to serenity through the help of Twelve-Step programs.
Participants will: 1) Gain insights into the “crazy-making” thinking and behaviors that characterize a family of addiction or mental illness 2) Understand the concept of “Keep the Focus on Yourself” 3) Learn the keys to re-gaining and maintaining “sanity” through on-going recovery
3) TOPICS FOR CHRISTIAN-BASED GROUPS:
“FREE TO BE ME” RETREAT PACKAGE : Learn the secrets to unburden yourself and stop living in defeat. Take a courageous journey, and discover and unload the habits, attitudes, and behaviors that keep you from being your best self. Find FREEDOM in Christ, and LIVE!
This retreat features three main messages as well as materials for break-out sessions: (These presentations can also be contracted as individual sessions)
Message #1: Unloading Baggage from the Past Participants will: 1) Identify the core issues of the resentments in their life and learn how those to release those resentments to God 2) Learn to forgive themselves by fully accepting forgiveness from God 3) Learn to trust that God has a plan for their life despite circumstances that disappoint
Message #2: What Are You Hoarding? Participants will: 1) Identify addictions (or “idols”) in their lives and learn how God can meet their needs better than any substitute this world offers 2) Understand the destructiveness of selfishness and pride in their lives 3) Gain tools and scripture to combat feelings of worthlessness 4) Gain insights and tools for dealing with anger/revenge, 5) Identify and eliminate “poor me”/victim thinking 6) Reflect on busyness in their lives and gain tools to re-order their life for peace and balance
Message #3: A Future that’s Free: Participants will : 1) Learn biblical truth about fear and worry and gain tools to overcome this paralyzing force in their lives 2) Recognize the “illusion of control” that may exist in their lives and learn to rest in God’s sovereignty
Alternate Titles for Retreat: “Rising from the Ruins Retreat,” “Lighten Your Load Retreat.,” (Or a title of your choice)
FAITH-BASED TESTIMONY (THIS MESSAGE CAN BE DELIVERED ALONE OR JOINTLY WITH MY HUSBAND, SEAN):
“Redeemed and Restored” Can God really see me? Does He really care? Can He do the impossible in my messed up life? Come and be inspired by a story of restoration that only God could author — a story that includes addiction, incarceration, suicide attempts, financial ruin, a marriage in chaos, and a family in crisis. You’re never too far gone for God to find you in the pit and rescue you. Come and be reminded that Jesus can work miracles for you too!
Participants will: 1) Be encouraged by a powerful testimony of redemption that includes physical and emotional healing, recovery from addiction, healing from suicide attempts, repentance after incarceration, and finding peace through the fiery trials 2) Understand how pride, fear, and control issues can be obstacles to healing through God’s grace and walking in God’s plan 3) Hear a salvation message and a recommitment challenge and have the opportunity to respond
FAITH-BASED MESSAGE FOR WOMEN:
“Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World” : Tired of keeping all the balls in the air? How much more can you put on your plate before everything comes crashing down? Learn how to find balance in an unbalanced world that’s full of unrealistic expectations. Embrace God’s plan… and find peace and rest.
Participants will: 1) Evaluate whether their current life choices fit with what they want out of life 2) Learn how fear can lead to an unhealthy need to “do more and be more” 3) Gain the tools they need to make changes in their life to find peace and balance
FAITH-BASED MESSAGE FOR COUPLES:
“From Finger-Pointing to Hand-Holding”: When the magic wears off and the romance dies, the reality sets in that relationships are HARD WORK. And when pain or betrayal are part of the mix, things can appear hopeless. Learn how to move past the fairy tale expectations, past the hurt and resentment, past the point where you want to give up… And find the intimacy and companionship you truly long for. Appropriate for married couples or as a teaching tool for engaged couples.
Participants will 1) Learn the foundations of a strong relationship 2) Learn biblical keys to repairing broken relationships 3) Identify God’s fingerprints in the trials of their lives 4) Be inspired by biblical and testimonial examples of how God restores broken lives and broken relationships